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Pastoral Care at Pitsford

We know that happy children learn best, and at Pitsford School the wellbeing and personal development of each child is our priority. Pastoral care is delivered through our dedicated tutorial staff. Each pupil joins a house on their arrival to the school and remains with that house through the duration of their time with us. The three houses: Robinson, Hesketh and Wake, form the basis of the tutor groups in the senior school and pupils are mentored and nurtured in small year groups with other members of their house.

We know that teenagers test the boundaries, we know that they sometimes get it wrong; we pride ourselves on the level of our pastoral care and the support networks we have in place to deal with these emotionally and physically challenging years.

PSHSE and Study Skills are taught in these tutor groups and time is given twice a week to covering a wide range of personal, social, and health issues that affect our young people throughout their time in school and aims to prepare them for the world beyond Pitsford. This is in addition to daily registration periods. These small groups underpin the strong relationship that exists between teachers and pupils.

The spiritual ethos of the school is fostered through our assemblies, which take place three times a week in our chapel. We welcome and respect all faiths while maintaining the traditions of our Christian heritage. Our assemblies are coordinated by Mrs Kirk and include contributions from our Senior Leadership Team and teaching staff and pupils alike. We are supported by Rev Trott, our School Chaplain, and we regularly invite outside speakers to address our pupils, maintaining social and charitable links with the local community. All pupil in Years 7-9 study RS and have the option to study RS as an extra GCSE through the activities programme.

At Pitsford School, the wellbeing of each child is paramount. The coordination of this care is undertaken by the Deputy Head, Mrs Kirk, who meets with each year group tutorial team every third week and ensures that staff are briefed with any information that may be important to supporting the academic progress and personal happiness of the children.

In addition to tutor support we have a trained school listener, sixth form peer mentors and drop in sessions from our school nurses.


‚ÄčThe Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Fidelma Kirk. Additionally we have two Deputy Designated Senior Leads: Mrs Charlotte King, Head of Sixth Form and Mrs Frances Jeffrey, Head of EYFS.

We take our responsibilities to protect our children very seriously. All staff are trained regularly in our safeguarding procedures and protocols in accordance with the national and local guidance. Please see our Safeguarding Policy for more information.

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